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This is an important piece of William & Mary oak furniture since there is no other, known, example of a surviving child’s chest-on-stand. The cabinet-maker used a superior sense of proportion when constructing this piece, which is quite exceptional. The petite size is in harmony with the simplicity of the design, and the gentle curves of the stand are in unity with the linear top. In addition to this, the original colour and patination is outstanding, as is the condition of the piece.
It is known, and documented in a few 17th century paintings, that fine pieces of furniture were made specifically for children of substantial households. Very few such pieces survive today, probably due to their limited supply, delicacy and heavy utalitarian nature. References to chest of drawers in inventories and correspondence of the 17th century are comparatively rare, and chests of drawers mounted on stands with spiral, twisted or turned baluster supports were made towards the end of the century. By this time, the gain from a practical standpoint of elevating the lower drawers from the ground had been recognised and, as in this piece, stands were inspired by continental fashions. This piece also illustrates the transition from mid-17th century geometrical mouldings and applied balusters to simplicity of design which became predominant in the early-18th century. The drawers are divided by single bead mouldings, with a cock-bead worked in the lower section of the stand frieze, both of which were to become standard features of early-18th century cabinet furniture.
|Height||111.00 cm||(43.70 inches)|
|Width||64.00 cm||(25.20 inches)|
|Depth||47.00 cm||(18.50 inches)|
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